• Inspiring young people to engage with media in
    thoughtful & creative ways that support well-being.

What’s New & Noteworthy at Media Power Youth

Creativity in the Wild: The Origins of Conservation Quest Camp

 

Summer is the time for fun, creativity, and community! This time of year tends to move at a slower pace, with lighter schedules and ample time to get outdoors. However, for children, the loss of their routines and daily connections with friends can bring loneliness and feelings of anxiety. Summer camps can bridge this gap by providing a safe and exciting environment to explore new interests. Camp educators support kids as they develop new skills, boosting their self-confidence. By providing a diversity of activities, camps help children discover strengths they didn’t even know they had and make new friends along the way. 

We wanted to create a different kind of summer camp at Media Power Youth, especially for youth in middle school who tend to have fewer options. We envisioned an experience where campers could immerse themselves in the outdoors and indulge in media making activities at the same time. We knew that kids spent a good chunk of their summer on their devices, and we wondered if we could somehow harness this obsession to engage them in a different way. 

In addition, many of the teens we work with expressed concern for the environment and we wanted to help them find new ways to speak up for the outdoor spaces they love. 

With these goals in mind, we found the perfect partner in the NH Audubon and launched a new camp called Conversation Quest. Together, we merged the excitement of filmmaking with nature exploration. Campers discover how to tell stories that inspire others by producing a short film. They get hands-on with cameras, learn the secrets of editing, and play with sound to make their stories come alive. They also have plenty of time to hike through the forest, explore grasslands and ponds, and have fun in the outdoors with new friends. This unique blend of outdoor adventure and filmmaking helps amplify young voices and the causes they care about. The experience culminates in a screening at Red River Theatres in Concord, where campers’ stories and passion for conservation take center stage. 

You can check out the films from our 2023 campers HERE!

This year, we have two sessions to choose from: July 8th–July 12th or July 15th–19th. Both take place at the NH Audubon Massabesic Center. Online registration is now open – we can’t wait for campers to join us this summer and let their imaginations run wild, all while making a difference for our planet!